Falling in Love with CSS

CSS is easy to use. You can do nearly everything with it. Basically you can put anything everywhere you want to. But, wait a minute! What about those pesky browser bugs and those frustrating float problems? And also, can't some simple things become very tricky after all, say like centering an element vertically? Yes, of course. But that's why we love CSS the way we do.

I love CSS
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Inspired by Douglas Bowman's presentation "The Beauty of CSS" at the @media conference 2005 in London, we asked web developers and designers about their passion for CSS. Molly Holzschlag was the first to reply (of course!). Read why industry leaders and renowned web designers and developers like Eric Meyer and Douglas Bowman (and many more) have fallen in love with CSS.

... 4 years later ... it is still love.

Kevin Khaw declares his love to CSS …

It empowers designers to take risks, think creatively, and reduce management overhead by separating content from style.

Lindsey Simon declares his love to CSS …

Being able to take a single page of content and then completely transform its presentation with a layer that leaves the content and structure intact seems like magick, and so it is.

Markus Angermeier declares his love to CSS …

Because I do love standards. they make your life easy. In fact I think freedom of choice is overrated anyway.

Jens Meiert declares his love to CSS …

It's simple but yet complex, it's easy to use but yet challenging to master. That said and having CSS 3 in mind, it guarantees long-term fun.

Björn Seibert declares his love to CSS …

She's the beauty and the sun in the sometimes greyer everyday life of coding.

Lea Alcantara declares her love to CSS …

I love CSS because of the sheer amount of flexibility inherent, especially after you've finished creating a website.

Jens Grochtdreis declares his love to CSS …

I fell in love with the concept of CSS because I am a lazy guy.

Todd Dominey declares his love to CSS …

Watching the appearance of an entire document magically change through tweaking a few style sheet properties.

Ethan Marcotte declares his love to CSS …

This is a bit like asking a fisherman why he loves his wading boots.

Ian Lloyd declares his love to CSS …

The single-page redesign is such a pleasure.

Peter-Paul Koch declares his love to CSS …

Because it's such an elegant solution to a problem I at first didn't even see.

Cameron Moll declares his love to CSS …

It's so much shorter than "tables" when writing proposals and contracts.

Mark Boulton declares his love to CSS …

I don't love css, in fact most of the time I hate it. I use it because it's the right tool for the job.

Lucian Slatineanu declares his love to CSS …

I can't really say that I have a 'madly in love' relationship with css. It feels more like a marriage.

Douglas Bowman declares his love to CSS …

I don't love CSS per se. It's kind of an ugly, awkward tool that I'm forced to use with my opposite hand and it has lots of limitations and quirks.

Jason Santa Maria declares his love to CSS …

The hours and hours it saves me from screaming at my computer in frustration.

Anne van Kesteren declares his love to CSS …

I also really like that it is non trivial to use because of broken implementations. And this is not a joke, as this is about the only thing that makes it interesting at the moment.

John Oxton declares his love to CSS …

What I really love is visiting otherwise superbly designed sites and dismissing them as worthless because they are done in Flash or with tables. Feels good to be superior... ahem!

Faruk Ateş declares his love to CSS …

I love CSS for its flexibility, its power, its simplicity and complexity. Of course, that doesn't make much sense.

Patrick Griffiths declares his love to CSS …

For love's sake only.


Veerle Pieters declares her love to CSS …

Styling with CSS puts the fun back in styling the rather boring elements.

Manuela Hoffmann declares her love to CSS …

CSS gives me all the creative possibilities I need as a designer. It has changed my entire work process.

Robert Nyman declares his love to CSS …

We have been flirting since '98, and CSS gives me the possibility to "write once, display anywhere" for presentational purposes.

Richard Rutter declares his love to CSS …

I'm not sure I love CSS per se – it can be a difficult and fickle mistress, but then so can my girlfriend and we've been going out since before CSS was invented.

Simon Willison declares his love to CSS …

It's a beautiful technical solution to a tricky problem.

Keith Robinson declares his love to CSS …

I don't love CSS, but I do like it a lot. CSS makes it possible for me to work less and play more.

Simon Collison declares his love to CSS …

CSS and I were out for a sunlit stroll recently, and as we approached a gushing waterfall we sat down and talked. I realized that it was CSS that I loved.

Tomas Caspers declares his love to CSS …

Heck, it's not brain surgery, it's plain ol' English.

Eric Meyer declares his love to CSS …

Well, it helps pay my bills. I totally love that about it.

Andy Clarke declares his love to CSS …

I do not love CSS at all. It is simply a tool to accomplish a job and in practice, not a very good one in it's present form.

Roger Johansson declares his love to CSS …

Because it lets me write well-structured and semantic markup without worrying about how it will look.

Jon Hicks declares his love to CSS …

It makes you a little bit sexier into the bargain.

Andy Budd declares his love to CSS …

I find developing sites using CSS so much more rewarding than the old presentational approach.

Christian Heilmann declares his love to CSS …

CSS is a wonderful tool to make great content a lot prettier and easier to take in.

Dirk Schürjohann declares his love to CSS …

It's not that I like Star Wars; horrible content and markup, but they did a good job in using CSS!

Jeremy Keith declares his love to CSS …

I pity anyone who hasn't experienced the power that comes with writing semantically meaningful web pages.

Molly Holzschlag declares her love to CSS …

Well, the fact is I don't always love CSS itself, but I do love the flexibility and opportunities it offers.

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